COLUMBIA — MU College of Education Dean Dan Clay, who has held that position since 2010, will take over as dean of the University of Iowa’s College of Education on July 1.

Clay said in an email he was "excited" to return to Iowa, where he spent nine years as a faculty member and four years as director of the university's counseling psychology doctoral program. He said the move will provide "additional professional opportunities in leadership and entrepreneurship."

Also, Clay said, Iowa's speech pathology and audiology programs will provide "significantly more professional opportunities" for his wife, Kelly Clay, an adjunct assistant teaching professor of communication science and disorders at MU. 

"Mizzou is a very special place for me : I have earned three graduate degrees from Mizzou," Clay said. "It has been a wonderful place to start out my career as a dean, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead a world-class college of education at my alma mater."

MU Provost Garnett Stokes said in a news release that Kathryn Chval will continue to be the education college's acting dean, while Clay continues to work "on special assignment" with Mizzou K-12 Online.

Barbara Peterson, a spokeswoman for MU's College of Education, said Chval has been acting dean since September. Chval was previously the associate dean for academic affairs in the education college. She came to MU in 2003 as an assistant professor of math education, according to her LinkedIn.

Clay’s departure comes shortly after the resignation of two UM System curators: David Steward on Feb. 1, and Yvonne Sparks on Jan. 27. MU School of Medicine’s Dean Patrice Delafontaine resigned suddenly in September.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said in an email that Stokes "will be reaching out to the College of Education in the near future to seek input to determine the best way forward" in finding a new dean.

Supervising editor is William Schmitt.

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